Gear Up Viewers! Arnab Goswami Is Back With Republic TV—His New Channel! Do Not Miss His Lalu-Mafia Don tape!
Senior journalist Arnab Goswami’s new channel Republic TV has been launched on Saturday morning at 10 am. With this, the new channel has become the first Indian Channel to air live on Hotstar—Star India’s Digital Platform. The live stream on the channel will be supported by advertising. Hotstar already has access to news content from global news brands such as Fox News, Fox Business, and Sky News.
Channel’s official social media account had confirmed the news of the launch on Friday itself:
“Arnab is back! Watch him on Republic TV from 10 am on Super Saturday”, it said! Enthusiasm among the Arnab fans was evident as there was a surge of “Best wishes”, “We missed you” and “Back with a bang” comments on the post.
A video with caption “Nation First. No Compromise” was posted on the Facebook page on 4th May:
Nation First. No Compromise #RepublicLiveSoon
Posted by Republic on Thursday, May 4, 2017
Goswami, editor-in-chief, and founder of Republic TV, said:
“Hotstar is a compelling destination for content cutting across genres and age groups. We are confident of breaking the digital barrier and believe this is the first step as news produced in India goes digital and then global. We believe the coming together of these two exciting brands and services will take news to the 90 million-plus viewers on Hotstar every month. You can now catch Republic on the move and on demand,”
Not just this, he looked delighted with his collaboration with Videocon as well and said, “We are extremely proud to partner with Videocon d2h. With their modern technology and services, we are looking forward to bringing our content to the viewers in every corner of India.”
Videocon d2h too announced that the free to air news channel will be available on channel number 360.
Saurabh Dhoot, Executive Chairman, Videocon d2h said, “We are delighted to have Republic TV on our platform from the day the channel goes on air. This reaffirms Videocon d2h’s commitment to bringing the best of TV channels for our viewers.”
Moreover, Star India’s online streaming service Hotstar had announced that news channel Republic TV will be made available on its platform. This shall be a first of its kind partnership between a news channel and an online streaming service, in India. An internal memo of the company read, “Hotstar is about to get a very interesting addition to its lineup. Starting 6 May, Arnab Goswami’s Republic will go live on Hotstar. We will have a brand new ‘News’ page hosting the live feed all day,”
The main Investors of Republic TV include:
1.Rajya Sabha MP’s Rajeev Chandrashekar’s Asianet News Online Private Limited
2.Arnab Goswami’s SARG Media Holding Private Limited
Chairman & CEO, Star India Uday Shankar, in a statement issued, said: “We are deeply committed to making sure that we continuously widen Hotstar’s offering, and the launch of Republic TV on Hotstar fills a big gap in our portfolio.”
Republic TV had announced earlier that it will use a range of Microsoft products and services that are designed to make newsrooms more productive. Microsoft Azure will host Republic’s digital platforms.
The channel also announced that it will be a free to air channel. On dish satellite providers, it will be available on:
– TataSky: Channel no. 616
– Airtel Digital TV: Channel no. 376
– Videocon d2h: Channel no. 360
– DishTV: Channel no. 771.
Back With A Bang?
The Republic TV, on Saturday morning, played a recorded conversation which it claimed took place between Lalu Prasad and Mohammad Shahabuddin, on its channel. The channel alleged former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav of taking instructions from criminal turned politician Mohammad Shahabuddin when the latter was in Siwan jail.
#LaluTapeExposed on RepublicTV. Tune in now to watch the full coverage.
Posted by Republic on Friday, May 5, 2017
The video has generated a nationwide debate and the channel raised questions like:
“Don’t tapes prove that Lalu functions at beck & call of a mafia don?”
The video has used tags like, “Lalu exposed” and “Lalu sells out to Mafia Don” and the channel has invited people to join in the live debate.
Some users called it Arnab’s “First Day First Dhamaka”.
Let us also see how the political world has reacted to the alleged claims so far:
Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan (son of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan) was quoted by the channel:
“Who runs the Govt in Bihar. The CM or Lalu’s gangster?”
Tehseen Poonawalla tweeted :
Dear Arnab , will you answer the above questions as the nation wants to know. And the Republic must always know . Tehseen asks Arnab pic.twitter.com/gtf6IFzs62
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) April 27, 2017
Sushil Kumar Modi tweeted:
Republic of Arnab has exposed how Lalu is taking instructions from Dreaded criminal Shahbuddin.Will Nitish act ?
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) May 6, 2017
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the tape has ‘shocked the nation’:
Congrats and best wishes to Sh Arnab Goswami and his team on the occasion of launch of #Republic TV.
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) May 6, 2017
In a style and manner typical of him, Arnab is back and has created quite a stir in the political lobbies on the very first day of his channel launch. The reality and authenticity, however, will only come out sometime later.
So, are you joining the debate today?